Richmond >Belle Isle
rapids swim spots. this place is awesome there is also a back entrance to the isle im not exactly sure of the location of the entrance tho either way if u go across the bridge and around to the back of the isle wich means head down the left path not the right thats the long way go down till u pass the old lock gate station then youll see like a walkway to the left go down the walkway and down the latter till u get to the rapid are this is were a lot of ppl swim in the fresh water and theres a light current not too dangerous tho i have no problem with it wen im there if u make it all the way across the river there is a small tower and at the top of that is the back entrance to belle isle well wen u take the right path as i mentioned earlier ull see a lake with a climbing area also a nice place were i like to freeclimb there are also paths that go around the cliffs and along the top wich will take u over the isle and threw another climbing spot till u end up at the other path but if u go past the lake and climbing spot ull come to the beginning of the much faster rapids were i see ppl kyaking and such but in general this place is awesome good spot to spend the day at wen u dont have any money admittance is free i have a blast everytime
Best Secret in the City!. This place is the best kept secret in the city. You can drive by it without knowing how wonderful it really is. With the wonderful walking trails to the scenic view of the city, belle isle offers a great escape from the city. Take a pet and enjoy nature!
Providing a bit of the biking outback in the middle of the city..
The 54-acre island was the site of an infamous Civil War POW camp and has been home to much of early Richmond industry. The island features picnic tables, fishing, nature walks and an unmanned Environmental Education Center. Tackle the tough terrain with your bike, grab your binoculars and spy on some birds, or just go to Belle Isle to enjoy the view. If you need to indulge the nature lover in you, this is a great place to do it.
Besides a great vista of the city, the trail rolls up and down--small risers and moundish hills have an intoxicating effect on a biker.
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